The American law firm Skadden, which prepared a report for the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine in the case of Yulia Tymoshenko in 2012, paid her and her lawyer, MP Serhiy Vlasenko. The deal was about $ 11 million, as part of the pre-trial settlement. The New York Times writes about this fact in its article.
In 2018, Tymoshenko said during an interview that the New York law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in 2012 "whitewashed the activities of (former President of Ukraine) Viktor Yanukovych and his government."
She stated that the company did this in exchange for a fee. Soon Tymoshenko, along with his lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko, hired the law firm Reid Collins & Tsai to try to find out whether it was possible to sue Skadden.
According to NYT, Skadden paid USD 11 million or more to settle the matter before filing a lawsuit. It is noted that Tymoshenko and Vlasenko received the funds through Reid Collins & Tsai.
As we reported earlier, Tymoshenko declared almost $ 5.5 million of compensation in the court case, which were transferred to her by Reid, Collins, Tsai LLP.
On the same day, Vlasenko also declared a sum of $ 5.5 million, indicating these receipts in his declarations as "foreign income."
In 2011, after the victory of Viktor Yanukovych in the presidential election, Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison for abuse of power when signing contracts for gas supplies with Russia in 2009.
In 2012, the Ministry of Justice hired Skadden to “independently evaluate” the trial of Tymoshenko in connection with her lawsuit against Ukraine in the ECHR. Skadden's findings stated that the case was not politically motivated.